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May 25, 2022

Making the Case for Increasing the Black Healthcare Workforce

During episode four we ask the question: is a diverse healthcare workforce enough to eradicate racism in medicine?

My answer is no, and the guests on the show - an OBGYN, a nurse midwife, a traditional midwife, and a midwifery student - talk about why.

Although we discuss this matter from the perspective of pregnancy, birth, and reproductive health, this conversation is relevant for the entire healthcare system.

And while the episode is focused on how this diversity-based approach is an incomplete strategy to remedy health inequity, Dr. Camille Clare referenced the following studies that support increasing the Black healthcare workforce:

Give them a read! And decide for yourself: is a diverse workforce enough? If not, what else can we do instead of or in addition to this strategy?